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Publisher's Summary

What if anything you wrote became true? When an angry dwarf at a traveling carnival promises Roger something that could change his life, he never thought it would come in the form of a magic pen. Now, anything the introverted college student writes becomes true, and with its power, he'll finally be able to take revenge on the bullies who have tormented him over the years.

There's just one problem. A group of assassins will do anything to get the pen, he accidentally made a entire squad of dancers into slaves, and his best friend somehow got an all-powerful mech. Maybe that's three problems, but either way, Roger might just find out that the pen is mightier.

©2017 Jason Cipriano (P)2018 Jason Cipriano

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Mixed Feelings

My thoughts are pretty mixed on this book. I decided to give it a try because the premise sounded really entertaining and I am a huge fan of the narrator. It was a pretty easy listen that seemed to move pretty quickly. It ended up being an okay book for me.

Roger starts off the book having a rather bad day. I actually liked down on his luck Roger that seemed to be doing his best just to get by on a daily basis. He is given the task to delivering a sandwich to the carnival and leaves with a magic pen. I love the idea of a magic pen. You can write something down and it (usually) comes true. Just think about what you could do with that. Need a couple of zeroes added to your paycheck? Or maybe just write your own winning lottery ticket? You get the idea how great this could be and watching Roger try to figure out what he could do with it was fun at first.

I started to have some issues with the story when the pen started causing women to fall all over themselves to be with Roger. I don't consider myself to be a prude and I don't mind sex in books. In fact, I usually like it when it is done well. The sex in this book caused me to do some major eye rolling. I didn't feel any chemistry between the characters and it didn't strengthen any relationships. It was more on the ridiculous side of things. There was also the little issue that none of the sex would have happened without the pen. I can't say that Roger controlled the women because he did not write that they would have sex with him but there was a real fine line.

Luke Daniels did an awesome job with this book. Honestly, I am not completely sure that I would have finished the book without his voice encouraging me to keep going. He handled a lot of different characters and some crazy scenes with ease and really kept the book fun.

I thought that the concept and exploring the limits of the pen were incredibly interesting and fun at times. I think that maybe I am not the right audience for this book. I think that this book may work a lot better for other readers so you may want to give it a try if it sounds interesting to you. I don't think that I will be continuing with the series myself.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author via Audiobook Boom.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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A wild ride.

The Pen is Mightier is the first book in a new series by J.A. Cipriano, and boy is it one wild ride. What happens when Roger comes into procession of a magic pen that allows him to rewrite his reality? Chaos of course. This is a fast paced and funny, and often time risqué, adventure. In this story Cipriano lets his imagination run wild...and I do mean wild. There is everything from wild sexual fantasies (hey, it's understandable, after all the lead character is a young male who just discovered near limitless power over his reality) to secret bunkers, to killer mechs. This book really is loaded with action, but we also get to see Roger struggle a bit with the moral implications of having such amazing power. As I've already said, it's a wild ride with plenty of laughs. I look forward to seeing what comes next for Roger and his friends.

The book is narrated by the incredibly talented Luke Daniel, who is one of my favorite narrators. I've listened to several dozen books performed by him and have yet to be disappointed.

I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Luke Daniels is great, the story not so much

Unlimited wishes genie lamp with weak supporting characters and lukewarm sex scenes. Would not recommend.

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Is that a pen in your hand? Or are you just happy

The Pen is Mightier is really funny. It can be racy and raucous or just gut busting funny, sometimes it is all of thise things and more. This is a great concept that hope gets a few more sequels, as it would make a great series. This book definately leaves you wanting more.

The story is well paced and plotted, it has perfect comedic timing, and is easy to visualize events as they unfold. Daniels does a fine job narrating and has great comedic inflection. This is some great popcorn listening, fine for the car, or at work if you don't mind burstinginto laughter for no apparent reason.

My biggest problem was that is was far too short, but if you've ever watched acomedy you know not to drag the movie out too long. Still I really want more. I think I might go kick a dwarf in the shins to make him angry in the hopes that I will get a magic pen out of the deal. Shins. . . .hmmm, maybe I should just call him names. That might warrent a magic crayon or some chalk. Who knows. Either way, listen and laugh.

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Other reviews are correct, the main character is really stupid. While the situations leading up to vegas made sense(far as the story line) this escalating into the unbelievable within 1 sentence. Overall if your interested in what an adult author with a 15yr old virgin brain and a power complex can creat then I highly recommend this author

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Embrace the ridiculous

I have mixed feelings about this book, on one hand it reads like a teenage boys fantasy and on the other hand it is quite funny. If you're prepared to embrace the ridiculous then this book is quite a lot of fun, but if you're looking for logic then this would be a pass.

I was a bit disturbed about the use of the pen on his boss, what he wrote means the sex between them lacks concent by my standard, thankfully he didn't do this with the other women, but the sex didn't really advance anything in the story, it didn't build relationships etc. it was just there to be there.

I know the book is supposed to be over the top and that this is part of what makes it humorous, but for me it went too far, and it didn't feel like there was a purpose behind anything that was happening.

The narrator did a great job with the material, I really liked how he did the character voices and I thought he did a good job of making the book interesting to listen to.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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Excellent Story. Hope They Make More!! Must Listen

The Pen Is Mightier was a great listen. The story was creative and fast paced. Mr. Cipriano has written a love letter to every teen movie of the eighties. What if you were given unlimited power and had the libido of a high school freshman? What would you do?
While the story is not pornographic, it does contain some sex scenes. Obviously, a lonely, down on his luck guy would like to improve his love life. Once he gets passed this part of the fantasy, the story is pretty much non-stop action. Well written scenes with increasingly destructive outcomes. The character arcs are interesting too as the main character goes from helping himself to helping others and then eventually, secretly, wanting more power.

Mr. Daniels has done another excellent job with the narration. His voice has become the voice of the down on his luck guy for me. I have listened to many other stories narrated by him and he is always excellent.

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

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laugh out loud funny. Like a college feverdream...

The Pen is Mightier is really funny. Every time I thought it couldn't get more convoluted it did. The narrator, Luke Daniels nailed it. As usual. Anything he narrates is a book I want to read. period. Luke Daniels is probably my favorite narrator and the reason I wanted to read this book. He didn't disappoint.

I will note this. The book has a LOT of adult content. Language, sex, more sex, etc. If such content makes you uncomfortable, the book may not be for you.

However, I dreamed of what it would be like to find a magic pen last night.

Here is the gist of this male fantasy: Roger, a loser college student runs into a strange midget. Everything that can go wrong with this guys life is going wrong. He obtains a magic pen, where anything logical that he writes down comes true. Suddenly, the loser college student is surrounded by money, money, money, hot women, the lead cheerleader, and a bunch of red-light women in Vegas.

Not to mention a James Bond-esk villain in the end. It was a ride. It was fun. It grabbed me and dragged me to the end.

worth a read unless your easily offended.

I received this audiobook as a gift in exchange for my honest review.

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should of listened to those bad reviews...

The entire book all I could think about was how unbelievably stupid the main char is. He uses his near limitless god like power to get women and go to a casino? Every female "character" in the book is seen as a sex object by the MC even during life and death fights. Its uncomfortably ambiguous as whether he magically rapes women esp his boss.

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Powertrip fantasy that is just sort of meh

Would you consider the audio edition of The Pen Is Mightier to be better than the print version?

I guess so, Luke Daniels has always done a good job before. This isn't his best work, but it's still good.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Nothing by J. A. Cipriano. Their writing is fairly 1 note, with creating the bare minimum needed to have a coherent story. Nothing get's fleshed out, bad is bad, good is good, morally questionable acts are never grey (the fact that this is kind of... sexual assault at best that nobody holds the MC accountable for gives you an idea of what I mean) so if the bad people do it, its bad, if good people do it, its good.

Which scene was your favorite?

The opening is intriguing, it seemed to take a premise that ultimate options will lead to extreme boredom. That isn't explored, and it basically becomes do some things with superpowers/magic, then antagonist is introduced who is doing the same things but somehow is being even worse (unironically).

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Nope.

Any additional comments?

It's mediocre, and while the genre is supposed to be a fun escape, this is one of those books that brings nothing new.

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  • Dean
  • 04-23-18

Mc is kinda rapey

The author goes to a LOT of effort to try and make it seem like the MC, after using the pen once, is just having women throw themselves at him for no reason at all - after he erases a line that make a woman have sex with him - she still loves him more or less.

No plot to speak of, a bit of random stuff really. Really just seems like its the wish list the Author has in his head if he ever finds a magic pen really.